Delawareans: Start Your Degree Program Close to Home
Associate in Arts Program
The University of Delaware, in partnership with Delaware Technical & Community College, offers to all qualified applicants who are residents of the State of Delaware, the opportunity to pursue a two-year liberal arts program leading to the associate in arts degree. The Associate in Arts Program builds on the strengths of the former Parallel Program, which it replaces. The Associate in Arts Program is offered at UD Academic Centers on Delaware Technical and Community College campuses in Wilmington, Dover, and Georgetown.
The Associate in Arts Program is designed to enable students to complete sixty credits for an associate in arts degree in two years, and then to transition to the Newark campus to complete a bachelor’s degree. All of the sixty credits required for the associate in arts degree will apply toward a bachelor’s degree at the University of Delaware.
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Associate in Arts Program Requirements
Depending on the student’s choice of major, enrolling at Delaware Technical & Community College (DTCC) through an articulation agreement may be an alternative choice to the UD Associate in Arts Program. The University of Delaware has articulation agreements with DTCC in the following degree programs - Accounting; Biology (BA and BS); Biochemistry; Business Administration (Management, Marketing, Operations Management); Chemistry; Chemistry Education; Civil Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science (BA and BS); Criminal Justice; Early Childhood Education; Electrical Engineering; Finance; Health Behavior Science; Hospitality Business Management; Human Services; Information Systems; Mathematical Sciences (BA and BS); Secondary Mathematics Education; Marine Science; Medical Laboratory Science; Nursing; Secondary Physics Education; and Sport Management. The number of articulation agreements between the two institutions continues to grow. The University of Delaware also has articulation agreements with Cecil College and a few select other institutions. A complete list of UD’s approved articulation agreements is available at http://provost.udel.edu/content/articulation-agreements.
Articulation agreements are formal, program-to-program transfer agreements between the sending institution and the University of Delaware. Students following an agreement earn an Associate Degree from the sending institution and then apply to transfer to UD with junior status, to complete a bachelor’s degree in a specified, related UD major. Students who complete the sending institution’s degree with the minimum criteria as stated in the formal agreements are guaranteed admission to the matching major at UD; the credits earned at the sending institution are applied toward the completion of the bachelor’s degree at UD.
The main difference between starting at DTCC or another institution and following an articulation agreement, as opposed to the UD Associate in Arts Program, is in which institution awards the two-year degree: in an articulation agreement the first half of the degree is awarded by DTCC, while in the Associate in Arts Program the degree is awarded by UD. Another significant difference is that only applicable courses, not grades, transfer to UD so students within articulation agreements begin their bachelor’s degree GPA at UD when they enroll their junior year. However, the programs are similar in that in both options students would begin studies at a DTCC campus location.
Students who wish to pursue the requirements within an approved articulation agreement should apply for initial (freshman) admission to DTCC, and should work closely with a DTCC advisor to complete the process for continuing toward completion at UD. Not all majors are available at all DTCC campuses; see the list at https://www.dtcc.edu/academics/transfer-options/connected-degrees for location information.
Flexible Programs Abound in Professional and Continuing Studies
The Division of Professional and Continuing Studies extends the University of Delaware’s academic resources to citizens throughout the state and beyond through credit courses, certificate programs, non-degree short courses, distance learning, institutes and conferences. Programs are offered in the fall and spring semesters as well as during the winter and summer sessions. Programs are taught or conducted by University faculty members and by outstanding professionals in their particular subject areas.
The Division offers the following professional development programs:
- Advanced Telehealth Coordinator Certificate (available online)
- Analytics: Optimizing Big Data Certificate
- Business Analysis Certificate
- Clinical Trials Management Certificate (available online)
- Coding Bootcamps (.NET/C#, Java)
- Microsoft Excel® Essentials
- Microsoft Excel® Advanced Concepts
- Microsoft Excel® Advanced Reporting
- Occupational Safety
- Certificate for Occupational Safety Managers (COSM) Course
- Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) Course
- Diminishing Human Error in the Workplace Course
- Safe Supervisor Course
- Paralegal Institute
- Advanced Paralegal Seminar Series
- Paralegal Certificate
- Professional Drone Pilot Training
- Foundations of Flight
- Ground School and FAA Part 107 Test Prep
- Project Management Certificate
- Project Management Exam Preparation (CAPM, PMP)
- RN Refresher Online
- Social Media Marketing
- Advanced Social Media Marketing for Business (available online)
- Fundamentals of Social Media Marketing
- Socially Responsible and Sustainable Business Online Short Courses
- Test Preparatory Programs (ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, Praxis, SAT)
The Division of Professional and Continuing Studies provides customized, on-site training to area businesses, government agencies and professional associations in Delaware and beyond to help meet their educational and professional development needs.
The Adult Center for Continuing Education Student Services (ACCESS) provides career counseling, educational planning, academic advisement and administrative assistance to current and potential Continuing Education students (see the ”Resources for Students ” section).
For more information, call 302-831-7600 or see www.pcs.udel.edu.
Part-time Study to Fit Your Lifestyle
Take Undergraduate Courses and Degrees as a Part-time Student
Undergraduate students are considered part-time if they enroll in fewer than 12 credits during the fall or spring semester. Part time students may be admitted to a degree program, or they may take courses, in a non-degree status, as Continuing Education (CEND) students. CEND students may typically enroll in a maximum of seven credits per semester or session. Courses available to CEND students are subject to availability, requisites and restrictions.
Matriculated undergraduate students can earn degrees through part-time study. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees are available online. Students must apply for admission to these degrees through the Office of Admissions. It is possible to begin taking courses without formal admission as a CEND student.
For more information regarding taking credit courses as a Continuing Education student, contact the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies ACCESS Center, 302-831-8843, or visit www.pcs.udel.edu/academic-career-advisement.
Distance Learning Brings the Campus to You
UD Online/distance learning provides nontraditional students with greater access to credit courses and degree programs at the University of Delaware. UD Online offers students the freedom to pursue their degree even if their schedules or geographic locations prevent them from attending class on campus.
Online courses have exams proctored virtually and at the University of Delaware testing locations. The UD Online “virtual classroom” features many creative learning technologies such as videostreamed class lectures, interactive web activities, blogs, online research projects, threaded discussions and chatrooms.
The following programs or courses are available in online or hybrid-online format.
Undergraduate degrees and certificates:
- Associate in Arts (AA) - hybrid online and in-classroom
- RN-to-BSN program (Bachelor of Science in Nursing/BSN)
- Certificate in Business Essentials - hybrid online and in-classroom
Graduate degrees and certificates:
Fully online programs:
- Master of Science in Applied Statistics
- Master of Science in Cybersecurity
- Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE)
- Master of Science in International Business
- Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
- Master of Science in Strategic Communication
- Master of Education in Educational Technology (M.Ed.)
- Master of Education in Exceptional Children and Youth (M.Ed.)
- Master of Education in Literacy
- Master of Education in Teacher Leadership (M.Ed.)
- Master of Public Administration (MPA)
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Hybrid (combined online plus on-campus) programs:
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- Master of Arts in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators (MAEEE)
Fully online programs:
- Applied Bioinformatics
- Composite Materials
- Composite Manufacturing and Engineering
- Dietetic Internship Program
- Railroad Engineering
- Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel Business
Hybrid (combined online plus on-campus) programs:
Noncredit professional development or certificate programs:
Fully online programs:
- Advanced Telehealth Coordinator
- Clinical Trials Management
- Coding Bootcamp (.NET/C# or Java)
- RN Refresher
- Socially Responsible and Sustainable Business
Hybrid (combined online plus on-campus) programs:
- Social Media Marketing Strategy
In addition, UD Online courses can help meet degree requirements in other majors, or can be transferred to other college degree programs.
For complete program information, please visit https://www.pcs.udel.edu/ud-online-courses-degrees-certificates/.
Learning Should Last a Lifetime
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Delaware, a program of the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies, provides more than 450 noncredit courses each semester as well as seminars, travel, cultural and social events, and other learning and enrichment activities for individuals age 50 and over. Courses and activities are planned and taught by members. UD has OLLI programs in Wilmington, Dover, Lewes, Bridgeville and Ocean View. For more information, please visit www.lifelonglearning.udel.edu.
Academically Qualified High School Students May Take Courses Through Continuing Education
High school students interested in taking credit courses at the University may enroll as Continuing Education students. Interested students are required to meet with a Professional and Continuing Studies ACCESS Center academic advisor. Concurrent enrollment allows students to supplement high school work with more advanced material, pursue interests, or build on special talents. Credits become part of the student’s permanent record at the University and may be applied toward a university degree. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor, call the ACCESS Center at 302-831-8843. For more information regarding opportunities available to high school students, visit www.pcs.udel.edu/high-school-pre-college.
The Dual Enrollment Program. The Division of Professional and Continuing Studies, in partnership with several UD colleges and departments, offers introductory-level courses to academically-qualified high school students through the Dual Enrollment Program. Selected courses are available at participating Delaware secondary schools and through online study. Students can concurrently earn University and high school credits for completing these courses successfully. Academic and student services are available to those enrolled in the program. For more information, please visit www.pcs.udel.edu/high-school-dual-enrollment or call 302-831-8843.
The FAME/UD program is a pre-college initiative to increase the effective participation of underrepresented groups and others in the applied sciences and engineering professions. The College of Engineering, with support from FAME Inc. and other organizations, offers a four-week academic enrichment program in the summer for talented high school students with demonstrated potential for success in the applied sciences and mathematics areas. The curriculum includes, but is not limited to, course work in mathematics, science, English and engineering design.
For further information, call 302-831-6315 or see http://www.engr.udel.edu/rise/fame/index.html.
The Governor’s School for Excellence is a one-week summer residential program that brings together academically and artistically talented Delaware high school students who have completed their sophomore year. Students live in residence halls on the Newark campus and attend either the academic program–consisting of discussions, lectures, debates and films revolving around a specific theme–or the visual and performing arts program, which provides tutorial instruction with a noted artist and culminates in a performance or display of work.
Information is available through Delaware’s secondary schools or by visiting www.pcs.udel.edu/govschool/.
UD Summer College encourages motivated high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year to expand their educational experience through college-level study at the University. During the five-week program, students live in university housing, take freshman-level courses taught by University faculty, and participate in a variety of social and cultural extracurricular activities, including out-of-town trips. Students select two or three classes from a curriculum of traditional and innovative courses. On successful completion of the courses, they earn regular University credit, which many colleges and universities accept as transfer credit. Apply by May 1 if financial aid is requested, or otherwise by May 15.
For more information, call the Summer College Office at 302-831-6560 or see http://www.udel.edu/summer-college.
The Classic Upward Bound Program at the University of Delaware, housed within the Academic Enrichment Center, is a year-round program designed to serve 54 eligible high school students who reside in New Castle County, Delaware. This program provides students with a variety of academic enrichment and academic support services. Through participation in the University of Delaware Upward Bound Program, students learn the necessary academic skills needed to enroll in a college or university. Upward Bound is a comprehensive program divided into two phases - academic year and summer residential. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, this program is free of cost to eligible applicants.
For more information, please contact the Academic Enrichment Center, 148-150 South College Ave., Newark, DE 19716, 302-831-6373, or visit http://www.aec.udel.edu/upward_bound.html.
The Upward Bound Math/Science Program at the University of Delaware, housed within the Academic Enrichment Center, is designed to serve 54 eligible high school students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students who have completed the 9th grade from Delaware and Maryland are invited to participate in this residential summer program, and continue with monthly workshops during the academic year. Participants live on the University of Delaware campus for six weeks, studying various topics in science, mathematics, English and Latin. This program is designed for students who are from low-income or first-generation college backgrounds, and it is free of cost to eligible applicants, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information, call 302-831-6373. Located at 148-150 South College Ave., Newark, DE 19716, or visit http://www.aec.udel.edu/upward_bound_ms.html.